To the river for my weekly fishing fix, water was too dirty for perch - but I don’t mind the odd barbel! But to annihilate my nearly 8 year old PB made a rather familiar trip this season into a trip of dreams!!
Tiny pinch of breadflake about the size of my thumbnail, freelined in about 18 inches of water did the trick - and what a cracking fight - before my new PB was in the net - 14lb 2oz
- get in!
A distinctive barbel - one I've caught once before - but she's been sat at the buffet cart since then! Backed up with barbel of 8lb 15oz and one about 3½lb. Fantastic. No mile count today - I floated home!
Even I'm on first names terms with that fish Brian, easily recognisable from your blog, a cracker !!ReplyDelete
Meatball! I’ve only caught her once before although I’ve seen her half a dozen times - she’s a proper wanderer. And piling on the weight - next year she might go over the magic number!Delete
Im always amazed how small rivers can produce such big fish. Well done cracking fish.ReplyDelete
Every time I’m on the train (back in the old days) I look at every little river and stream wondering what’s in there - they don’t need much water over their heads!Delete
Cheers - fantastic fish - it’ll take some beating...
Bet you didReplyDelete
Don’t remember touching the floor on the way home :-)Delete
well done. Cracker!!ReplyDelete
Cheers, a beast - might be a while before I top that weight!Delete
you need to update your PB widget?!!?ReplyDelete
Already done :-)Delete
Ah, you’re right - I missed that list - updated now!Delete
I thought I saw you hadn't. But was "working" so only reading with half an eye!!Delete
Incredible fish Brian.ReplyDelete
Looks like she has a few ailments too?
Cheers George. It’s had that lump since at least 8lb or 9lb when a mate caught it - and named her Meatball - doesn’t seem to be doing any harm.Delete
Dziękuję Ci !Delete
Cracking fish well done!ReplyDelete
Cheers Jack. You been out? Probably a silly question in these conditions!Delete
Not for the past few weeks! But I was getting the odd fish before these latest floods into double figures. Hopefully things settle down soonDelete
Been watching the water levels online (not that I can get there), hope it’s fishable soon - won’t be long before we run out of season...Delete
Yes not long now.. I have booked a few days off towards the end of the season, hopefully the river is fishableDelete
Doubt I’ll get back (I will if I can) - so let me know how you get on - cheersDelete
Not bad Brian!ReplyDelete
Meatball looks good never imagined her getting that big.
How big is she going to get?
God knows. Was surprised the wight it was before, but looks like she might go some more in the future if she carries on...Delete
By the weight*Delete
I’m amazed by the growth rate (weighed her twice). I hope she doesn’t come out again for a year - then I hope it’s to me :-)Delete
(But I know James will get her 1 or 2oz bigger before the season is over).Delete